Trout Hunting -the pusuit of happiness - Bob Wyatt gets to the heart of the matter in a book filled with fresh insights and challenges to conventional thinking. Well known to readers of Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazine, Wyatt presents a wide-ranging and entertaining investigation of some of fly-fishing's central mysteries such as the intelligence of trout, and whether they feel pain. Trout Hunting unpacks the theory of 'selective' trout, and takes the voo-doo out of fly choice. Trout Hunting will help get your strategies organised and inspire reflection on the nature of this fascinating pursuit.

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Trout Hunting:
The Pursuit of Happiness

Bob Wyatt - Trout Hunting

"...the most interesting book I’ve read in years." Rob Sloane, Editor, FlyLife Magazine

"...one of the truly superb angling books of our time..." Eddie Young, Trout and Salmon

"This is the most intelligent and readable book on trout fishing we have read for years. Bob takes us fishing with his friends and does so in such an inclusive way that we feel like one of the party.... Along the way, we enjoy a trip as fishing trips should be—instructive, challenging, questioning, competitive and humorous, all interwoven within a fabric of intelligent thought and mutual respect for each other and the trout...a modern classic that should be on everybody’s bedside table". Country Club UK

Bob Wyatt gets to the heart of the matter in a book filled with fresh insights and challenges to conventional thinking. Well known to readers of Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazine, Wyatt presents a wide-ranging and entertaining investigation of some of fly-fishing’s central mysteries such as the intelligence of trout, and whether they feel pain.

Trout Hunting unpacks the theory of ’selective’ trout and takes the voodoo out of fly choice. Trout Hunting will help get your strategies organised and inspire reflection on the nature of this fascinating pursuit.

Read the reviews by Eddie Young, Trout and Salmon magazine; Magnus Angus Fly Fishing & Fly Tying UK; and Bruce Haring, (Beaucatcher USA)

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Featured articles:

Get Serious


Fly-fishing has given me a lot. My best friends are fly-fishers; my favourite places in the world to be are fly-fishing spots. There really is nothing I’d rather do. I meet people who regard this as pathetic, as if I should get a life or something, but the way I look at it I do pretty well everything they do, and a lot more. I mean, I hold down a real job, pay a mortgage, read books and go to the movies, I surf the net, shop, listen to music, go to the pub, and watch X-Factor, just like ... more

The Magic Bullet


Odd, isn’t it, how a fly that inspired complete confidence ten, twenty or thirty years ago just doesn’t cut the mustard anymore? Why is that? Some anglers think it’s because trout are getting smarter, have wised up to our tricks and it takes something new to get them interested. Every time a new fly works it reinforces that idea, a new ‘only thing they would take’ is born, and more anglers tie one on their leader – and so it goes. This kind of thing is the strongest kind of reinforcement, ... more

Phases


This year, I have had the questionable pleasure of two winters. No sooner had I emerged from the under the grim skies of a Scottish spring when I was plunged into the nearly identical grip of a New Zealand winter. Needless to say, it has been a long time between casts – the trout season was closed and weather kept me off the estuaries, where I had hoped to team up with my pal Bruce Masson for some sea-runners. No fishing meant we had plenty of time to compare fishing experiences and wrestle ... more

Luck is in the Details


A letter by Davy Wotton got me thinking (FF&FT, June). He was pointing out some clear examples of where, in order of importance, the fly itself outweighed presentation. Davy’s examples included the San Juan, in New Mexico, where thousands of anglers pursue thousands of wild trout. These fish have seen a lot of flies, and are apparently not bothered by the constant presence of anglers. Davy says they have become so inured to anglers that they even follow them around, feeding on the insects ... more

Tales of the Supernormal


Ever stop to wonder why your favourite flies work? Really, when you look at these things, they don’t look much like the bugs they’re supposed to imitate, do they? Who cares, you say, it’s a need to know deal. The good old attractor patterns continue to attract, the modern ‘trigger’ designs seem to pull the trigger, and the close-copy replicas dupe the trout just fine, thanks, without us needing to know why. Like a water faucet, who cares where the water comes from, as long as it works? We ... more

Wild At Heart


Determined that my pal Bob should get the full western trout bum experience and that no expense would be spared, I grinned at the little blonde behind the bar and slapped my money down. Thirty-five bucks (about fifteen quid to you Brits). Each. For this sum you get a tidy cinder block cell with an air conditioner of sorts, a sheet metal shower and a fridge for your six pack. Luxury indeed to a drunk cowboy, but it was the bar we had come for, a David Lynch movie set without a whif of ... more

Confessions of a Tackle Junkie


There should be an organisation like Alcoholics Anonymous for tackle junkies. There are millions of us, and we need to reach out. It’s a hard thing, though. I mean, let’s face it, the habit is incurable, so group therapy is doomed from the start. For one thing, a mutual support meeting would degenerate into a swap meet within seconds. Myself, I’m supporting a bad reel habit, and those evil tackle cartels keep bringing new models onto the market - sleek, no glare, deep anodized beauties, with ... more

Beginning Shooting-Flying


Gray’s Sporting Journal, August 2002

(With apologies to Ivan Turgenev) ... more